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Chris Robinson Brotherhood announces albums, tour dates

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the new psychedelic rock project featuring the former Black Crowes frontman, is hitting the road to support its debut album, "Big Moon Ritual. "Big Moon Ritual" will be followed by companion album "The Magic Album," in September. Both albums were produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Papercuts).

After taking little time off after a 118-show tour, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is heading out for another lengthy run of performances starting May 3 in New Orleans. The group’s debut album, "Big Moon Ritual," will be released June 5 via Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records, the same day the band is confirmed to perform the album’s track “Rosalee” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

"Big Moon Ritual" will be followed by companion album "The Magic Album," in September. Both albums were produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Papercuts).

Chris Robinson Brotherhood photo by Alissa Anderson

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has made plans to release two albums and perform at an impressively long list of venues in 2012. The band also is scheduled to perform on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Publicity photo/Alissa Anderson.

In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording (including many years with The Black Crowes), Chris Robinson set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin’ soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood evolved. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keyb0ards, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons.

“This music is unashamedly what we’re into,” says Robinson, who cites Neu!, Melanie, Flatt & Scruggs, Mel Tillis and Morton Subotnick as regulars in their van listening. “It’s not a psych band because you have a Prince Valiant haircut and wear Beatle boots. It’s psych because that’s where our heads are. We want to make music that blossoms. We want to make music that sounds cosmic.”

Upcoming tour dates, cities and venues are:

May 3, 2012: New Orleans, Tiptina's
May 4: Birmingham, Ala., The Workplay
May 5: Mobile, Ala., Soul Kitchen
May 6: Memphis, Tenn., Beale Street Music Festival
June 14: Milwaukee, Turner Hall
June 15: Minneapolis: Varsity Theatre
June 16: Chicago, Taste of Randolph Street
June 17: Grand Rapids, Mich., The Intersection
June 19: Toledo, Ohio, Frankie's Inner City
June 21: Columbus, Ohio, A&R Bar
June 22-23: Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom
June 24: Concord, N.H., Granite State Music Festival
June 26: Pittsfield, Mass., Colonial Theatre
June 28: Asbury Park, N.J., The Stone Pony
June 29: Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall of Williamsburg
June 30: Wilmington, Del., World Cafe Live
July 1: Winston, N.C., Ziggy's
July 3: Wilmington, N.C., Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
July 5: Alexandria, Va., Birchmere Music Hall
July 7: Sioux City, Iowa, Bandshell Free Show
July 13: Denver, Cervantes Masterpiece
July 14: Alta, Wyo., Targhee Fest
July 15: Salt Lake City, Utah, The Depot
July 18: Crystal Bay, Nev., Crystal Bay Club
July 19: Chico, Calif., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
July 20: Santa Barbara, Calif., Lobero Theatre
July 21: Pioneertown, Calif., Pappy & Harriet's
Aug. 11: Tulsa, Okla., Cain's
Aug. 14: Little Rock, Ark., Revolution Music Room
Aug. 16: Chatanooga, Tenn., Track 29
Aug. 18: St. Louis, Mo., The Pageant
Aug. 19: Cincinnati, 20th Century Theatre
Aug. 21: Buffalo, N.Y., The Town Ballroom
Aug. 23: Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield Playhouse
Aug. 24: Bearsville, N.Y., Bearsville Theatre
Aug. 25-26: Amagansett, N.Y., Stephen Talkhouse
Oct. 18: Live Oak, Fla., Magnolia Festival

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Big Moon Ritual album cover

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